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F/X (1986)

A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.

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Robert Mandel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Roland 'Rollie' Tyler
Brian Dennehy ... Lt. Leo McCarthy
Diane Venora ... Ellen Keith
Cliff De Young ... Martin Lipton
Mason Adams ... Col. Mason
Jerry Orbach ... Nicholas DeFranco
Joe Grifasi ... Mickey
Martha Gehman ... Andy
Roscoe Orman ... Capt. Jake Wallenger
Trey Wilson ... Lt. Murdoch
Tom Noonan ... Varrick
Paul D'Amato ... Gallagher
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Marisa Velez (as Jossie deGuzman)
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Whitemore
M'el Dowd M'el Dowd ... Joyce Lehman (Miss Lehman) (as M'eL Dowd)
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Storyline

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double crosses him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Murder by Illusion See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FX See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,240,695, 9 February 1986

Gross USA:

$20,603,715

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,603,715
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 9 mins) Posters for Zombie (1979) and Fade to Black (1980) are seen hanging up in Rollie Tyler's apartment in several scenes. Also, the film I Dismember Mama (1972) is mentioned. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene as the F/X van is being stolen from the impound lot the rear view mirror in the detectives car appears and disappears several times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The director: Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Great. Great. Great. We got it. Great. You ladies alright? What about you? You okay?
Rollie Tyler: Ellen, come on out of there.
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Crazy Credits

Just at the start of the end credits, the camera flashes briefly through out-take type shots of the eight principal players (Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Martha Gehman, and Joe Grifasi). Each actor smiles out-of-character at the camera as though in appreciation to the audience of their performances. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown theatrically in Europe ended when the two drive off, with the end credits against a colored background, while most TV-showings and video versions, see the first part of the end credits against a series of scenes from the movie as well as following them all the way up to the Swiss alps. See more »

Connections

References I Dismember Mama (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

JUST AN ILLUSION
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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a fun little movie
19 March 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

F/X is a movie I had been hearing about for years, so I finally buckled down and rented it, and I was pretty surprised. It's a good, suspenseful movie with nice effects, a decent story, and some good performances (except for the girl who plays the effects assistant, though she's not on-screen a lot). Bryan Brown plays Roland Tyler, a freelance special effects artist who seeks revenge after some shady Justice Department guys set him up to be the fall guy in a staged execution they had hired him to pull off. Brian Dennehy doesn't enter the film until nearly forty minutes into the picture, but once he does, he's as good as always, even if his character just sort of moves from place to place and effortlessly picks up clues along the way. I would have liked to seen the two stars have more scenes together, but they never even meet up until the final scene of the movie. Cliff DeYoung does his usual weasel villain, though he mysteriously vanishes from the film without explanation, and Jerry Orbach is good in a supporting role as the mobster whose execution is staged. The effects used by Tyler aren't as spectacular as I had thought they would be (disguises to avoid police, smoke bombs, fake blood, etc.), but they're used effectively. F/X is an entertaining little movie with a fair amount of suspense and some good action. Oh, and what I wouldn't give to have that home security system Tyler has inside his front door. The sequel's not bad either.


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